People in bank pushed about, suspect fires gun while fleeing Franklin Av. heist

  • Article by: PAUL WALSH , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 9, 2014 - 8:38 AM

Gunfire punctuated a Franklin Avenue bank robbery, after the two suspects jumped the counter and grabbed the loot while pushing around some of the people inside.

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Bank surveillance cameras captured these images from the holdup Monday.

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Gunfire punctuated a Franklin Avenue bank robbery, after the two suspects jumped the counter and grabbed the loot while pushing around some of the people inside, authorities said Thursday.

The holdup occurred about 3:30 p.m. Monday at Woodlands National Bank in the 1100 block of East Franklin Avenue, according to the FBI.

The two men ordered everyone in the Minneapolis bank to the floor, jumped the teller counter and removed an undisclosed cash from the drawers while pushing people down, the FBI added.

The two fled to a vehicle outside, where one of the men fired a pistol through the vehicle’s back window, said FBI spokesman Greg Boosalis.

“That is rare” for a bank robber to discharge a firearm, he said.

No one was struck by the gunfire, and there were no significant injuries from the physical altercations inside the bank, Boosalis added.

A bank surveillance photo showed one of the suspects reaching through a window that had been broken out in a hall door in the rear of the bank.

One suspect was described as black, about 27 years old, 5 feet 8 inches tall and 160 pounds. He was wearing a brown parka with fur-trimmed hood, a dark oversized T-shirt, black pants and black shoes.

The other suspect was described as black, about 30 years old, 6 feet tall and 250 pounds. He was wearing a silver-gray and red Adidas hooded jacket, with three silver-gray stripes on the arms and hood, black pants and gray shoes.

The FBI is offering an unspecified monetary reward for the identification, capture and prosecution of the pictured subjects. Anyone with information can call the FBI at 763-569-8000, police at 612-673-3829 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

 

Paul Walsh • 612-673-4482

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